Reader’s Picks: Greg Schneider

8.5.11 - The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

8.5.11 – The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

All selections and text by Greg Schneider aka Mr. Palmer

I tried to avoid some of the obvious choice selections while sitting down to do this.  I’m sure there are a few that everyone on here knows well and I hope there are a few others that are new to some folks…


Harry Hood” 12.11.99 I, Philadelphia, PA

One of my all-time favorite shows in an all-time favorite venue.  This “Hood,” with a near five minute intro, opened this special night in Philly. And the rest, as they say…is history.



Vultures” 9.21.99 II, Tucson AZ

This is a song I have always loved because, unlike most Phish songs, for me, this song is more about the vocal stylings than the music. However, this version is the outlier, and to my knowledge the only one. A Type II Vultures? Indeed. If you are going to blow up the Dirty Bird, it might as well be in a dusty, desert venue, don’t ya think?



Fee” 7.8.99 I, Virginia Beach, VA

A 23-minute version of “Fee.”  Just sit back, chill out, and let this beautiful version take you on a trip out to sea with the weasel and his friends…



Antelope” 7.29.97 II, Phoenix, AZ

This “Antelope” was played in the second slot of the second set this night in Arizona. This was one of only two shows I saw in ’97( I know, I know.) A tremendous overall show after the band returned from their historic and game changing tour in Europe. Not your every day, standard “Antelope.”  This one goes deep…real deep.



Tube” 7.21.98 I, Phoenix, AZ

My third selection from the state of Arizona…yes, this caught me by surprise also. It is my opinion that 1998 was Phish at their peak. Each band member was truly a master at their craft and combined, they brought a fierce, tight sound with incredible ambient textures. This is maybe my favorite Tube with it’s start-stop action. Each band member sounds at the top of their game here. If this version doesn’t get you up and dancing then I don’t know what to tell you.



Funky Bitch -> Jam” 11.22.94 II, Columbus, MO

This selection likely needs no introduction. Just an absolute killer jam out of this “Bitch.” Turn this one to “11.”



Tweezer ->DEG -> Tweezer” 6.28.95 II, Wantagh, NY

A true heater from the Summer of ’95.  Tough to describe this one with a few words.  It’s Phish, it’s “Tweezer,” it’s 1995…Enjoy.



Wolfman’s Brother” 12.28.98 II, MSG. NY

This was the highlight of the first night of the first four-night stand at Madison Square Garden. Expectations were through the roof for this run and Phish did not disappoint. This “Wolfman’s,” at times, has an eerily similar feel to the version played roughly two months prior in Las Vegas. This NYE run in 1998 is still my favorite run that they have played to date. The consistency and jams from night to night were magical. Let’s do it again this year, huh?



Bathtub Gin” 6.28.00 I, Holmdel, NJ

I was lucky enough to have third row seats for this night—right in front of Trey. He was totally “on” this evening. Some nights in ’00 this wasn’t the case. We truly got the hose this night. This “Gin” is all about Trey and his guitar annihilation. Fast paced and precise, a top three version for me and many others as well. Enjoy.



Down With Disease” 9.14.99II, Boise, ID

It is probably weird to see this date and a song other than “AC/DC Bag” or “Gumbo” attached to it. This isn’t one of those huge “Diseases” with massive improv. This version always grabbed me for Trey’s ferocity.  Check the You Tube video of it if you get the chance.  Trey is jumping (prancing?) around and really feeling it.



LAWN MEMO’S “33 in 33”

Tsofg2Perhaps you followed @LawnMemo‘s massive project, “The Daily Ghost” in which he reviewed each and every “Ghost” ever played. The same @LawnMemo is back with another big project, but this time around he is the behind-the-scenes orchestrator of “33 in 33,” in which he invited 33 different writers to chronicle a single jam from a single show from the 33 shows of 2012—all in the 33 days leading up to Summer Tour! The project has been underway for just over a week, and you can check out all the entries so far. My contribution will be posted on Sunday, and chronicles a selection from June 22nd’s show in Cincinnati. It was the first piece I’ve written in quite a while and I had a great time doing it. I’ll link it here when it’s posted, but bookmark “33 in 33” and peep it every day as we countdown to Bangor!

Check my essay on the Cincy Twist here!


571 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Greg Schneider”

  1. BNCB Says:

    JB Tweezer has a bit of a ‘Free’ sound around 14 min mark.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Big Bro spying on Anericans.

  3. BNCB Says:

    This MSG Wolfman’s never gets old. What a jam. The turn they take around the 14 min mark will always be part of my Phish ethos.

    Kind of spun the whole crowd for the next three nights.

  4. bobby weird Says:

    raycroft for rask, natch. kinda cryptic if you ask me.

  5. MiA Says:

    The worm freaked me out

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    Took a janky walk/run this am and I can say the same for fishmans work on the 97 Hampton Halleys. Metronomic beast.

    Now across st from sons ball field eating a salad and drinking water while staring at a stone ipa tap but also avoiding snack shack at ball field. Phooey on age 43.

  7. BNCB Says:

    MiA, there never was much of an explanation for that stuff was there? Random worms, and organic material.

  8. bobby weird Says:

    post Carina jam is ridic.

  9. bobby weird Says:

    post bitch that is. just heard the cough!

  10. MiA Says:

    That’s why it freaked me out BNCB

  11. William H. Bonney Says:

    Cam Ward won a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe. Let’s not crown his ass yet…Chowder heads…

    Boston’s D is the best in the business….

    Try just enjoying instead of bitching about Tim Thomas, let a man be. One day you might actually believe in something.

  12. BNCB Says:

    what do you audiophiles think of this unit? I’m ready to upgrade my old Yamaha receiver:

  13. ElJefe Says:

    Bncb- there was a plan for NYs that year and for some reason they scrapped it…not sure why…they still used some of the costumes and stuff but there wasn’t like a big Midnight deal..only year that’s really happened as far as I can remember…

  14. BNCB Says:

    Eljefe, good info. That’s how it seemed. Like they were building toward something that never really happened. Gonna have to ask the boss about that run.

  15. bobby weird Says:

    i believe tim thomas is a rock headed conspiracy theorist.

  16. BNCB Says:

    Big Brother BW,

    How can anything be considered a ‘conspiracy theory’, when the lies and deceit have been laid out in the open for anyone that thinks, to see?

  17. bobby weird Says:

    Bncb that strikes me as a conspiracy theory.

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    The universe is conspiring for me. U hear dat gubment? You cant beat me. Thou shalt. I will.

  19. bobby weird Says:

    Boise bag comin to getcha!

  20. BNCB Says:

    hahaha! I hope you don’t mind being our defacto Big Bro. Now that Mr. C has moved on to greener pastures, you’re kind of our elder statesman. MiA is a bit too concerned with happenings behind middle schools for that title.


  21. BNCB Says:

    Hey all, I don’t share many music recs, as you know. Mostly because I don’t know shit compared to you cats. Greensky was a no-brainer. So, I’m going to share our local radio station instead. Truly a remarkable, independent station. So you can see I’m not blowing smoke, check the recently played on the left. ‘Junip’ is on there. Plus, no annoying, inexperienced college kids as DJ’s. These are music heads to the hilt.

    bookmark and enjoy, when you just need a radio station to play.

  22. bobby weird Says:

    Well shit, thts quite an honor man.

    Like all good big brothers, I hope I have just the right amount of “dick” in me to not be hated..

    Mr C way smarter than me btw.

    Short jorts fo-evahhhhh

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    Happy Saturday. Seeing our first bit of sun here in NC in about 4 days…great and all, but it’s getting damn hot and humid out there.

    We also wondered about the worm and growy things on stage. It def appeared to be the first layer of something that would evolve over the next nights. That was a great run.

  24. BNCB Says:

    big poppa Leo! Tell me that wasn’t your baby standing in some garden photo the other day?!?

  25. voopa Says:

    108 today. Yikes!

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